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When a player plays his first piece, does it have to cover the corner square? For example, can one play his X piece as first piece?

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I'm not the only Blokus player? :-D Yay!!! –  corsiKa Feb 8 at 19:50

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According to the rues, "The first piece played by each player must cover a corner square." They show an example of an illegal first move, as a piece that "surrounds" the corner without touching it, like an X would. This does mean that the X cannot ever be the first piece.

http://www.mindware.com/Blobs/22021_inst_blokus.pdf

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How can an X be the first piece? Any way you turn it, there's no way you can fit it in a corner. –  bigblind Feb 8 at 17:40
    
I said that it CAN'T ever be the first piece. –  GendoIkari Feb 9 at 20:43
    
oh, sorry. I misread. –  bigblind Feb 10 at 7:39

The X is the only piece which cannot be played first.

There is also a smaller (14x14 board) version of the game for 2 colors, called Duo, or sometimes Travel Blokus, and the starting point for that is 5 squares in from the corner on the diagonal.

In that game any piece can be played first, and the X is often chosen.

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+1 for mentioning the different rules in the 2-player version. –  bwarner Jul 9 at 13:13

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